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WpLicense is a plugin for WordPress which allows users to select a Creative Commons license for their blog and content. In addition to the administration interface, WpLicense provides three template functions which may be used to insert the license information into templates. WpLicense was developed by Nathan Yergler and is licensed under the GNU GPL version 2. See the WpLicense Developer page for development information.

WpLicense only works with the self-hosted version of WordPress downloaded from wordpress.org. If you have a blog hosted at wordpress.com, there are instructions available for adding a license to your blog.

wpLicense admininstration page (full size).

System Requirements

  • PHP 4 or PHP 5
  • allow_url_fopen enabled (to allow retrieval of web service information)



  • Follow the download link above for the lastest release. You'll end up with a file named something like wpLicense-0.6.1.zip.
  • Unzip the file into your WordPress plugin's directory. How you go about this will vary based on how you have your web host configured and how you can access it (i.e. via FTP, SSH, etc). See the WordPress Plugin Management documentation for details. For example, if you're working from the command line:
  $ cd ~/blog
  $ cd wp-content/plugins
  $ unzip /the/directory/you/downloaded/to/wpLicense-0.6.1.zip
  • After unzipping the download, log into your WordPress administration panel and click the Plugins tab. Click the Activate link to the right of WpLicense. This will enable the plugin.
  • Go to the Options tab, and click the Content License sub-tab to select your license. You can begin the selection process by clicking the (select) link.

Getting Help

There are a couple of places you can go for help with WpLicense:

  • Email the cc-devel mailing list
  • Chat with CC developers on IRC
  • Email software@creativecommons.org -- note that your response time will probably be longer here than with the mailing list

Additional Information

Known Issues

  • When allow_url_fopen is not enabled, wpLicense will silently fail
  • 0.7.0 doesn't silently fail, but it does say "See the WpLicense page for details on using WpLicense without this feature." I don't see such information here.